Beyond the monetary value, your jewellery contains memories of people, places and life experiences. Remodelling can be a valuable way of making sure your special pieces continue to be worn instead of lying around in a draw, unused and forgotten.
But while the prospect of owning a new, bespoke jewellery piece is exciting, the idea of your fond memories being melted down with your old gold, can raise a few questions! Having a clear idea of the process, and how the sentiment of your jewellery can be preserved and even enhanced, can help you feel more at ease about remodelling your jewellery.
So, what should you ask before handing over your memories?
Q. My jewellery is precious to me. How do I know it will be safe?
Let’s be upfront: while it is highly unlikely that your jewellery will be damaged in the process of remodelling, there is always a possibility. Sometimes, old stones may chip or crack. We take the utmost care, however, we are unable to accept responsibility for any materials that may become damaged in the process of remodelling.
Q. Can I keep some parts of the old design?
Yes / possibly. This can be a great way of retaining a more obvious connection to your old jewellery piece and the memories associated with it. Often, people choose to keep the stone setting intact and we incorporate it into the new design. Each transformation is different and we are happy to discuss the various options that could work with your unique pieces and design direction.
Q. What metals can be reused?
We can remodel gold (of any carat and colour) and platinum. We don’t reuse silver, titanium or tungsten carbide. While Silver melts well, it has a low value compared to labour costs required to transform it. Titanium and tungsten carbide are unsuitable for remodelling.
Q. Can I reuse gemstones?
Yes! But bear in mind that some gemstones are more fragile than others and old stones may break easier if they’ve been knocked around a bit. Diamonds and sapphires are the best for remodelling because they are hardy stones.
Q. How much does it cost?
Some custom jobs may cost as little as $500, while others may be a few thousand. Some people may have enough gold or platinum to credit their job without going into extra cost. Rest assured that any design option we present you with will fit within your own budget guide.
Q. How long does it all take?
The whole process, from initial contact and consultation through to the completion of the product can take anywhere from 3 weeks – 3 months. This is influenced mainly by the complexity of the design and the processes involved in making it.
^ Sue created this stunning ring by reusing diamonds and a topaz that she had inherited.